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Before I watched my first Star Wars movie this was one question I had in mind. I saw the cosplays, conventions, and memes scattered throughout the Internet. This made me feel like I was truly missing out on something special.
I decided to write this article for those of you that were like me. You want to learn about the Star Wars Universe, but may be unsure of where to begin or just want to know what Star Wars is and why people are so into it.
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What Is Star Wars?
Star Wars is a story about a futuristic world that is constantly in conflict. This world includes vast species of creatures and civilizations. The story begins in the Prequels and follows the Jedi, Obi-wan Kenobi as he develops into a master and trains a boy, Anakin Skywalker, in the ways of the Jedi. Through Obi-wan and Anakin’s adventure’s we are introduced to the world of Star Wars, and the conflict throughout the galaxy. We also are first introduced to the “force”, and what it means to be Jedi as Anakin grows from a child into a young man throughout the story.
The Jedi can best be described as the universal peace force of the Galactic Republic. They help out many civilizations and help to defend the galaxy from numerous threats. The Jedi have their enemies known as the Sith which primarily side and fight for the Separatists. The Separatist and the Galactic Republic are at war with each other during the prequels and the films primarily follow their conflict as many worlds are forced to choose a side in the war as the fighting spreads throughout the galaxy.
Both sides are trying to end the war on their own terms and individual characters have their own agendas as well. With a universe in conflict, you can expect to see betrayals, victories, and defeats that will leave entire civilizations devastated. If you’ve watched or enjoyed the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Game of Thrones, or Lord of the Rings, then Star Wars is a world that I am sure you’ll love.
Why is Star Wars So Popular?
Star Wars is popular for many reasons, but the first one I’ll mention here is the characters. Every Star Wars fan is able to instantly name off their favorite characters. You’ll see fans dress up as these characters when visiting their local comic con or join online communities centered around these characters.
Once you have watched Star Wars I guarantee that you’ll find many characters that you love. Star Wars literally has everything, intergalactic space cowboys, bounty hunters, swindlers, regular people trying to do the right thing, and those that fear the tyrants they work for. No matter what type of characters you love I guarantee Star Wars has it. Below I have listed a few of my personal favorites below. for you. So as you watch Star Wars be sure to stay on the lookout for these guys!
- Anakin Skywalker
- Grand Admiral Thrawn
- Baby Yoda
- Darth Maul
- Ashoka Tano
- Mace Windu
The many characters of Star Wars are incredibly unique. Many characters will have unique designs which highlight the world that they come from. Some of these details play out in the larger narrative or help to influence character decisions later in the story.
Anakin Skywalker is my favorite character, and there is always a hint of his future sprinkled throughout the story. I won’t go into spoilers here as I want you to watch Anakin’s story, and fully enjoy it for yourself.
Jedi and Sith Are Just Plain Cool
After watching Star Wars there is no doubt in my mind that you will be choosing a side whether Jedi or Sith. Both sides have their unique attributes, but each character has an immense level of depth so there is always more to the story than just we see at face value. The Jedi’s feel like your traditional good guys at first, but as you learn more about some of the decisions they make you realize that they aren’t perfect and they do make mistakes. The Sith initially seem like your typical bad guys, they seem to be solely bent on universal domination, but as you learn more about the characters you come to see how cunning they are.
I love both the Jedi and Sith, but If I had to choose a side I’m 100% a Sith. There are several reasons for this, but I’ll stick to my non-spoiler ones for the sake of this article. The first is the Sith just look cooler to me, they are dressed in mainly black and primarily have a red lightsaber color. Other than their overall aesthetic, many Sith were once Jedi but for one reason or another switched sides. The Sith also shares some of the same force powers as the Jedi, but can also use abilities that are exclusive to the dark side such as the popular force choke.
After you’ve watched Star Wars be sure to comment down below and let me know what side you’d choose either Jedi or Sith!
How Do I Get Into Star Wars?
The Star Wars Universe is filled with lore, movies, stories, and comic books. All of this can seem intimidating to someone that is just starting out. My recommendation is to start with the movies, and specifically the prequels first. You can view my article where I go over how to get into Star Wars. In that article, I specifically focus on the movies and have them all listed for you in chronological order. This is how I watched them, and I think is the preferred method.
You can also watch the movies in their theatrical release order if you prefer. No matter which method you choose I’m sure you’ll enjoy them. When watching the prequels, you’ll notice there is a ton of really bad acting, but even still I’m sure you’ll enjoy them. Plus you have to watch it if you want to be able to understand the many memes on the internet.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I love the Star Wars Universe, and I hope this article helps you get into Star Wars. If this was helpful please feel free to let me know below. Your feedback helps us to improve this blog for you.
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